This is the player profile of the Italian Rugby Union player Sergio Parisse.
Basic details about Sergio Parisse
Full Name: Sergio Matteo Parisse
Date of Birth: 12th September 1983
Place of Birth: La Plata, Argentina
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Professional details about Sergio Parisse
Position: Flanker and Number Eight
Clubs Played: Treviso (2003 – 2005) | Stade Francais (Since 2005)
National Team: Italy (Since 2002)
Early and Personal Life of Sergio Parisse
Sergio Parisse was born in La Plata, Argentina and his father whose name is also Sergio also played for L’Aquila club in Italy for the Italian Club Championships in 1967 before the Alitalia took him to Argentina in the year 1970 where Sergio Jr. was born and played his rugby in La Plata during his early year. During his childhood, Sergio Parisse used to go to Italy on holiday every year.
Sergio Parisse is married with Alexandra Rosenfeld, the Miss France 2006 and Miss Europe 2006. The couple is blessed with a daughter named Ava but unfortunately, they got divorced in 2013.
Professional Career of Sergio Parisse
Parisse first played for Treviso where he spent four years then he joined the Stade Francais club in France with his other Italian team mates Micro Bergamasco and Mauro Bergamasco. With great ability as number 8, Parisse has always had a sense of lineout and flair for getting across the gain line and this has made him as a special player in not so competitive Italian team.
Sergio Parisse made his international debut at the age of 18 when the then coach John Kirwan put his trust in him. Parisse played his first game for Italy against New Zealand in Hamilton New Zealand in which New Zealand came out winners with 64 – 10 score. Sergio Parisse played extremely well in the 2007 IRB Rugby World Cup but unfortunately, Italy couldn’t go pass the first round.
At the age of 24, Sergio Parisse got his 50th cap in a Six Nations Championship game against England. He was also appointed as the captain of the Italian National Rugby Union team in 2008. Same year Sergio Parisse was also nominated for the IRB International Player of the Year with the likes of Ryan Jones, Shane Williams, Mike Blair and Dan Carter.
Sergio Parisse is part of the National Championship of Excellence with Treviso team in 2002-03 and 2003-04, Coppa Italia champion in 2004-05, Stade Francais in 2007 as champion of French Top 14, European Challenge Cup runners up.